The Nairobi Metropolitan Services has commenced operations with Director General Mohammed Badi issuing deployment letters to 6025 county workers.
The exercise that is scheduled to continue until Friday after the government took unprecedented decision to take over key functions from the Nairobi county government.
In the deal, the county government transferred four key functions including that of Health, Transport, Planning and Development, and Public Works to the newly created Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
The exercise to issue deployment letters had earlier been moved from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre over social distancing concerns.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Mohamed Badi said the newly established authority will dispatch deployment letters to 3,000 employees by April 10, 2020.
DG Badi explained that staff in the public health department who are in the front-line coronavirus treatment centres will not have to present themselves to Uhuru Park as they will be issued their letters at their respective work stations.
The employees who turned up for the exercise adhered to strict public health guidelines including a social distance and wearing of face masks by standing at designated marked spots.
Late last month, President Kenyatta appointed Maj-Gen Mohamed Abdalla Badi to head the new office Metropolitan Services (NMS) as the Director General.
Enosh Onyango Momanyi was picked as the Deputy Director General.
NMS was tasked with fighting cartels that have been derailing service delivery in Nairobi County in its 100 days.
President Kenyatta also directed NMS to ensure they operationalise effective garbage collection in partnership with National Youth Service.
NMS was tasked with streamlining urban renewal projects such as Jevanjee, Pangani, and others, which had been previously awarded before 2018 and have continually been delayed.
It was also directed to review these projects and make determinations on how the projects can take off, realizing that the development of these projects are a part of the recently concluded Eastlands Urban Renewal Masterplan.
In addition the team has the mandate to focus on streamlining development control and approvals for the County.